Bateman Group Boomerangs — 3 Employees Who Left & Came Back

At Bateman Group, we pride ourselves on our culture, and put in a lot of energy into fostering it — from regular educational Brown Bags, to a much-loved mentorship program, to fun off-sites that better connect our teams, and everything in between. It’s why we’ve been named 2016 Top Company Cultures by Entrepreneur and 2016 Best Places to Work by Inc.

Our hope is that we create a culture so great that people who leave eventually find themselves wanting to come back. In fact, we have three employees who have left Bateman Group and eventually returned.

Read on to hear their stories on why they came back, and what they believe makes Bateman Group such a great place to work. (And oh yes, we’re hiring!)

Mina Manchester

technology pr, b2b public relations, high tech pr, digital pr, b2b communications, integrated media

What’s your backstory with Bateman Group?

When I first heard about Bateman Group, I had been working for six years at two different PR agencies in San Francisco and wanted to take some time off. I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in and was even considering a career change. I had worked for a large agency and a smaller one and was feeling disillusioned with the impact I felt I could make. A colleague of mine was happily working at Bateman and convinced me to meet Fred Bateman, our founder, and Bill Bourdon, then General Manager, for coffee. We met one Friday afternoon and laughed for an hour, discussing all the people we knew and respected in common. After that meeting I was sold — and I’ve never considered working anywhere else since.

Why did you leave and what were your reasons for returning?

After working at Bateman for several years, my husband and I bought a duplex in Los Angeles that needed a lot of TLC, and in the same year, I also had a personal health scare. I decided to take six months off to recover and focus on home renovations and also devote time to revising my novel, which I’d been working on nights and weekends for years.

After six months, I came back part-time as a consultant from my home office in LA, healthy, with our duplex close to finished and a new revision of my book under my belt. The same week I returned to Bateman, we found out we were expecting, and nine months later I took maternity leave to welcome our daughter into the world. This past fall, our daughter turned one and a half and I returned again to the Bateman fold. I’ve never been happier, and feel so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to return to a job I love.

What do you love most about working here?

Throughout the almost decade I have been working for Bateman Group, the firm has come to feel like part of my extended family. Bateman Group’s culture is what keeps me coming back time and again. I feel welcomed, accepted as an individual, and honored to be in the company of professionals who are supportive, creative, and upbeat. I have the utmost respect for the work we do — truly making a bigger impact for the smartest companies in the world.

Candice DeForest

technology pr, b2b public relations, high tech pr, digital pr, b2b communications, integrated media

What’s your backstory with Bateman Group?

For four years I worked in an internal communications role for a large financial organization. In 2013, shortly after relocating to SF from Cleveland, I began dabbling in tech PR consulting on the side as I was considering a career change. I was introduced to Fred Bateman, our founder and CEO, through a mutual connection and instantly knew I wanted to work at Bateman Group. The client roster, company culture and opportunity to do meaningful, interesting work drew me to the role. I joined Bateman as an Associate in December 2013 and embraced the world of tech PR and working in the startup world, complete with office dogs, complimentary snacks and wearing jeans every day — an exciting and welcome change from the conservative office environment I was used to.

I spent about two and a half years at Bateman working with a variety of clients and learning the ins and outs of everything from media relations to planning user conferences. Even after relocating to Portland, Oregon, in 2015 I continued to work for Bateman remotely, until deciding to take some time off to go back to school.

Why did you leave and what were your reasons for returning?

I took some time off in 2016 to pursue a lifelong interest in studying nutrition. During this time I became a certified nutritionist and worked as a freelance writer, blogger and spin instructor while enrolled in the program. It was fun to explore my entrepreneurial passions and try out something new (while also learning all about nutrition and improving my own personal health), and ultimately I realized I craved the structure and opportunities agency life offered. I missed the culture of Bateman and working alongside smart, creative PR professionals and leaders in the tech industry. I rejoined the company as an Account Manager in January 2017, working remotely from Portland.

What do you love most about working here?

Every day is an opportunity to learn something or tackle a new challenge. Whether it’s bringing an idea to the team at Bateman, collaborating on a project with a colleague, learning about a new technology or brainstorming a creative idea with a client, there are always ways to grow as a PR professional and a leader. Everyone has the ability to carve out an area of expertise or gain deep knowledge as a generalist, and it truly feels like the sky’s the limit with growing a lasting career here while being supported by an amazing team.

Amy Ziari

What’s your backstory with Bateman Group?

In 2008, I was working at a tech marcom agency in Portland, Oregon, when I saw an ad on HARO about Bateman Group. The company felt right to me (and vastly different from any other agency I’d interviewed at) from the moment I stepped in the door; it was immediately clear they weren’t your typical “smiling and dialing” cutthroat media shop and represented something very different. I moved to San Francisco and spent three years at the company, working on some really transformational accounts for us like Recyclebank and exiting at the Senior Associate level. I’m profoundly proud of the work I did for us during its most formative years — there were only 10 of us in those days.

Why did you leave and what were your reasons for returning?

I’d been working at agencies for six or seven years, and got the startup bug. I also wanted the professional experience of doing more than just PR. During my time away I fulfilled that urge: Among other things, I ran marketing for a small fintech startup and a mobile testing company called Appurify (later acquired by Google).

Even though I no longer worked at Bateman, I kept in touch with the people I knew who were still there — Fred, Tyler, Bill, Shannon H., Kerry and Katie G. specifically — and had a lot of respect for them. In early 2015, our President Bill Bourdon approached me about coming back and I simply couldn’t say no to his offer (another thing you’ll learn about Bill is he’s very persuasive!). He caught me at the perfect time: I had warmed up to the fact that my core strength is in communications and that’s what I feel happiest doing too. I also missed Bateman’s phenomenal culture and having so many great mentors around me. I’m now a Director in our growing Brooklyn office, where I’ve been for two years. While my path was not a normal one and I’m glad I left — I’ll never wonder “what if?” — I’m even gladder I came back.

What do you love most about working here?

The people. Agencies are about working in groups and collaborating. This can go awry if you have people with poor attitudes or who put themselves before their teams. Bateman employees are the opposite. Coming to work means getting to build something with people you like both personally and professionally. That’s a very hard thing to find in any job, but I’ve found it at Bateman.